Down to the Woods
M. J. Arlidge

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Narrated By: Sally Scott

Duration: 13 hours and 25 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Down to the Woods by M.J. Arlidge, read by Sally Scott.

There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here...

DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet.

'Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years' JEFFERY DEAVER

'The new Jo Nesbo' JUDY FINNIGAN

'Fast paced and nailbitingly tense ... gripping' SUN


Crime & mystery: women sleuths, Psychological thriller, Crime & mystery: police procedural, Crime & mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Family life fiction, Crime & mystery fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction

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Chilling stuff


Detective Inspector Helen Grace is one of the greatest heroes to come along in years

Jeffery Deaver

Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet

Will Lavender

One of the best new series detectives . . . Mesmerizing!

Lisa Gardner

M. J. Arlidge has created a genuinely fresh heroine in DI Helen Grace

Daily Mail

This is going to be as big as Jo Nesbo

Judy Finnigan

A chilling read

My Weekly

DI Helen Grace is a genuinely fresh heroine ... Arlidge weaves together a tapestry that chills to the bone

Daily Mail

Taut, fast-paced, truly excellent


Page-turningly chilling

The Times

A grisly, gripping thriller

Sunday Mirror

Gruesomely realistic, intriguing and relentless. Arlidge's fledgling army of fans is about to grow